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July 19, 2012
CAPT Jay Ellul
HMAS Tarakan played a major part in assisting
the Papua New Guinea Election Commission in its
Tarakan transported UH-1H Iroquois helicopter
stores from 3SQN, Royal New Zealand Air Force,
in Port Moresby to Tufi in the Milne Bay Province.
Maritime Adviser for the Combined Joint Task
Force 630 (CJTF 630), LCDR Craig Flynn said
Tarakan demonstrated the LCH sealift capacity and
ability to operate on a continuous basis.
"The LCH-class continues to provide valuable
support to ADF missions. These ships have been
operating in the region continually since Interfet in
1999 and have proven their worth in these types of
operations," LCDR Flynn said.
The sealift mission formed part of the support
provided by CJTF 630 for the 2012 Papua New
Guinea election, bringing supplies and electoral
commission personnel around the country to con-
duct the poll.
Task Force Commander COL Andrew MacNab
said at the peak of the commitment about 250
Australian and New Zealand Defence personnel
"We worked across the country to support local
authorities in the delivery of a safe and fair elec-
tion for the citizens of Papua New Guinea," COL
"Australian and New Zealand Defence Force
transport aircraft and helicopters carried electoral
officials, monitors and observers and election
materials and assisted with pre-positioning of PNG
security personnel before the poll.
"This was an important national event for PNG
and we were providing air and logistic support in a
challenging environment to remote communities in
Tarakan aids PNG election
HELP AT HAND: A member of the PNG
Defence Force receives the heaving line
from HMAS Tarakan as she prepares to
berth at Port Moresby (above) and LEUT
Robert Lewis and SMNBM Thomas Rutter
cut the birthday cake (right) to celebrate
Tarakan's 39th birthday.
OPERATIONS sometimes get in the
way of milestones but it wasn't the
case for the ship's company of the
HMAS Tarakan in Papua New Guinea.
Tarakan's 39th birthday was on
June 15 and CO LEUT Robert Lewis
said the occasion was marked with a
clear lower deck, birthday cake and a
few well chosen words.
"The Tarakan is an excellent ship
and is still continuing to live up to her
motto 'nothing daunts'," he said.
"For the last 39 years we have
kept her at sea doing the job she was
designed to do."
HMAS Tarakan was commissioned
on June 15, 1973, in Brisbane under
the command of LEUT C.A. Ritchie.
She has deployed to PNG on a
number of occasions, the first of note
in 1974 when she was tasked with
transporting PNG Defence Force vehi-
cles up the Fly River.
Ten years later in 1984 she returned
to PNG to transport ambulances to
Port Moresby and Lae.
On her return trip to Australia she
carried WWII relics from Madang,
including a Douglas Boston aircraft,
now at the RAAF Museum in Point
Cook, lost in an ill-fated raid on
Hollandia in April 1944.
The cake was cut by LEUT Lewis
and the youngest member of the crew,
SMNBM Thomas Rutter.
Photo: SIG Dean Armstrong
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